Protective Enters Agreement to Reinsure Liberty Life and Annuity Business

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Protective Life Corporation (“Protective”), a wholly owned U.S.
subsidiary of Dai-ichi Life Holdings, Inc. (TSE:8750, “Dai-ichi”),
announced that it has reached an agreement with Lincoln Financial Group
(“Lincoln”) under which its principal subsidiary, Protective Life
Insurance Company (“Protective Life”), and Protective Life & Annuity
Insurance Company, will acquire via reinsurance substantially all of the
individual life and annuity business of Liberty Life Assurance Company
of Boston (“Liberty Life”).



Protective Life Corporation
Brittnie Bordonaro, 205-268-8611
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Across Systems Invites Translators for Intensive Exchange of Information in London

Karlsbad, January 19, 2018. Under the title “Teatime with the Across Translator Edition”, Across Systems GmbH will hold its first event in the UK. The event for freelance translators will take place on March 9, 2018 in the Queen Elizabeth II Centre in London. Attendees will receive comprehensive information on the possibilities and benefits of CAT (computer-aided translation) tools. Furthermore, Across trainer Julia Likutschewa will show how translators can reduce their workload with the help of the free Across Translator Edition. A special highlight: the keynote of translator Henk Epskamp, also known as actor Dr. Harry. The event will take place on the eve of the CIOL Members’ Day at the same location. Thus, CIOL members can easily combine the attendance at the institute event with the free participation in the Across event.

The CAT software of Across Systems is one of the leading solutions of the translation industry in German-speaking countries. It comprises translation memory and terminology management utilities, transparent project management, and quality assurance functionality. Across offers freelance translators a free Translator Edition that enables them to connect seamlessly to their customers’ work environment.
With the event in London, Across Systems addresses all translators who would like to get to know the Across Translator Edition. It does not matter whether they already use a CAT tool. The agenda has something to offer for everybody: For example, Henk Epskamp, alias Dr. Harry, will present tips and tricks for translators in addition to his keynote. Across trainer Julia Likutschewa will provide information on how CAT solutions in general can be used. Based on the Across Translator Edition, she will demonstrate how such tools can help translators to speed up their translation processes and deliver consistent texts to their customers. Users who are already using the software can polish up their skills. Additionally, crossMarket will be introduced. This online network assists translators in establishing business relationships and applying for projects. Registration on crossMarket is free of charge.
The breaks between the presentations will provide ample opportunity for networking or for discussing individual questions with the members of the Across team.
At the end of the event, the attendees will be given a certificate of attendance.

Information on the CIOL:  
Information and free registration for the Across event: 

Across reader contact:
Tel: +49 7248 925-425 

About Across Systems GmbH:
Across, based in Karlsbad, Germany, and in Glendale, CA, USA, is the manufacturer of the Across Language Server, a market-leading software platform for all corporate language resources and translation processes. Within a very short time, the use of Across can increase the translation quality and transparency, while reducing the workload and process costs.
The Language Server can be used for ISO 17100:2015-compliant translation services. As Across Systems GmbH is a certified Microsoft partner, the successful introduction of Microsoft technologies is guaranteed. Thanks to the Software Development Kit (SDK), Across can easily be integrated in IT environments.
Within the scope of its product development, Across collaborates with international universities and academies. For many years, Across has also been focusing on cooperative partnerships with renowned technology companies and language service providers.
Customers of Across (extract): 1&1 Internet AG, Allianz Versicherungs AG, Miele, SMA Solar Technology AG, ThyssenKrupp, etc.
Further information about Across Systems GmbH is available at

Across press contact:
Across Systems GmbH
Anja Bergemann
Tel: +49 7248 925-412
Fax: +49 7248 925-444 

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Nicole Körber
Tel: +49 451 88199-12
Fax: +49 451 88199-29

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Bank Negara Malaysia Introduces eCCRIS

Bank Negara Malaysia wishes to announce the introduction of its new initiative – eCCRIS, a secure online platform for the public to access their own Central Credit Reference Information System (CCRIS) report, anywhere at their convenience.

Consent Management for General Data Privacy Regulations

Today the industry is agog with the topic of General Data Privacy Regulations (GDPR) and various organizations are trying to find the best way to address the data subject rights in their existing landscape. One of the most important areas of the GDPR is around data subject consent rights and their propagation/ management in the business landscape. Consulting organizations, software vendors and system integrators enter into this fray with their own view of how this can be achieved.

Capture & Manage Consent: In the current scenario, there are two camps with opinions on how consent should be captured, managed and propagated among software vendors/ integrators.

Given that we are more and more a digitally enabled world we see Identity Access Management (IAM) vendors (iWelcome, ForgeRock & Protegrity) take the approach of allowing data subjects to provide & manage their consent at the access level and have extended the IAM data model to capture the various consent.

The other camp are vendors who have been entrenched into the data management space and have mature Master Data Management (MDM) products. All the major vendors (Informatica, IBM, Oracle) in this space have built, or are building, accelerators and/ or enhanced their customer data model to capture consent along with the data subject personal attributes.

However, in both approaches, the question of how consent for data subjects interacting with the organizations in a non-digital mode are captured & managed remains process issue. Today most organizations are already modifying their processes to accommodate such interactions. There is also the question of how the proof of consent, or modification, provided by the data subject (which could be in a paper or email form) is captured, maintained and most importantly referenced to the consent. In this respect, a few of the MDM software vendors have built in some rudimentary forms of process management and Digital Asset Management (DAM) into their products – this to some extent does alienate the requirement for this capability.

Propagating & Enabling Consent in the Application Landscape: While the capture and management of the data subjects consent can be enabled through either an IAM or MDM approach, the aspect of propagating & enabling this consent to the organizations’ application landscape is a more challenging. This is primarily due to the complexity of integrating into the consuming applications and enabling the anonymization and/or pseudonymisation based on the data subjects consent.

The IAM vendors approach this by enabling through API’s which can be called by the source applications. Another approach taken by IAM vendors is to store the data subject’s personal data into a data vault and tokenization the same. Consent rights are then managed by passing application requests through these tokens. While this approach does work, integration complexity and performance overheads need to be considered and evaluated.

With the MDM vendors, this integration is slightly simpler. As with the implementation of business rules in any MDM scenario, the rules engine of the MDM Hub is used to determine the consent of the data subject attribute for the requested processing and then invoke a data masking software to dynamically anonymize or pseudonymize the data. In fact, it is now even possible to integrate a Data Governance software (such as AXON or Collibra) to the MDM Hub and enable the governance policies to be enforced on the data subject’s information.

Conclusion: There is clearly no one size fits all. Yes, in a growing digital world the IAM approach seems logical given that most access of data by subjects will be through identity management. Also, IAM software are becoming more capable with their data models extended not just to capture user access credentials & consent but also other attributes. At the same time, how this encroachment into the traditional data management software space will be viewed by the traditional MDM vendors will be viewed or responded to is a matter of debate.

In my view, we are yet again witnessing cycle where different technologies overlap in capabilities and sooner or later there will be a convergence, as happened in the networking space.  However, it is clearly a question of wait and watch and for the moment up to organisations to evaluate the best fit for their requirements and environment.

Cautionary Statement on Initial Coin Offerings

Securities Commission Malaysia (“SC”) and Bank Negara Malaysia (“BNM”) wish to draw the public’s attention to initial coin offering (ICO) schemes which may involve activities that are subject to laws administered by the SC and BNM.

Guidewire Partners With Plug and Play to Foster Innovation in P&C Insurance

Brings its strong heritage of P&C insurance innovation and R&D focus
to global InsurTech ecosystem

FOSTER CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan. 18, 2018–
Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE: GWRE), a provider of software products
to Property and Casualty (P&C) insurers, today announced it has joined
Plug and Play’s ecosystem to advance P&C insurance innovation and
collaboration. Plug and Play is a global startup ecosystem and venture
fund specializing in the development of early-to-growth stage technology
startups in 12 verticals. Guidewire joins as a Corporate Partner focused
on the Insurance vertical.


NBC and State Farm today announced a multiplatform, custom content campaign anchored by three creative pieces filmed in the style of “This Is Us.” Beginning January 9, 2018, the content will air during the broadcast of three different episodes of “This Is Us;” complementary content will also be developed for and distributed on the platforms of BuzzFeed and Vox Media, NBCUniversal’s strategic partners.

The three contextually relevant video pieces, created by NBC Creative Partnerships, will use the “This Is Us” flashback and flash forward device from the show to create a natural connection for consumers. In addition to running in “This Is Us,” the content will receive additional distribution through NBCUniversal’s Social Synch offering and will live on a custom page on

“As we continue to evolve the consumer experience with our programs and advertising, we knew that the contextual connection and tone of ‘This Is Us’ with the iconic State Farm brand would resonate with audiences,” said Mark Marshall, Executive Vice President, Entertainment Sales Group, NBCUniversal. “We’re excited to use the powerful ‘This Is Us’ storytelling to showcase State Farm messaging to multiple generations of viewers.”

To promote the State Farm advertising campaign, NBC and State Farm will also create a social activation that encourages fans of the show to submit photos of special items that have been a part of their own family lore using a co-branded hashtag. To promote this, the “This Is Us” Twitter handle will also post images of meaningful items from the Pearsons’ world to serve as inspiration for fans.

“Throughout our history, State Farm has used storytelling to tell its brand story through advertising,” said Ed Gold, Advertising Director, State Farm. “Collaborating with NBC and “This Is Us” elevates the emotion of our storytelling and allows us to reach the show’s highly devoted audience.”

BuzzFeed will amplify the custom content videos through BuzzCuts, a new, popular format that creates meme-style cutdowns and social assets tailored specifically by platform and distributed in relevant environment. Additionally, BuzzFeed will create four custom posts inspired by State Farm’s leading auto and home insurance products while tying back to “This Is Us.”

Vox Media will create a branded article that combines “This Is Us” IP with the State Farm consumer messaging that will live on both Vox and Curbed.

OMD is the media agency of record and The Marketing Arm is the entertainment creative agency of record for State Farm.